Over the past few weeks we’ve had handcuffs breakout as temporary starters (Jeremy Hill), handcuffs keep the seat warm (Bobby Rainey), handcuffs to handcuffs become starters (Boobie Dixon), and practice squad players become viable fuzzy handcuffs (Jonas Gray). It’s a crazy mixed up world this handcuffing game, but us real hustlerz stay on our grind. Snatching your handcuffs, before you can get mine. It’s the way to championships and riches, we brought you Justin Forsett, Chris Ivory, and Denard (Robinson) Snitches! Liffy Out! Sorry for the random freestyle, but I needed to put you up on game. Lifshitz is so street that I have hood passes witout expiration dates. That’s another story for a never time..Yes, I meant to type never, because I’m not telling you….nan-never-ever. You want to fight?? That was street right? Hay-Zeus I’m rhyming again, oops. On to the handcuffs!

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Jerick McKinnon – Looks like he’s going to go back to being a handcuff, if Adrian Peterson is in fact back in week 11 after the bye. It’s funny his YPC is 5.0 for the season and I still feel like he’s underwhelmed. He’s probably a victim of the offense, and Matt Asiata‘s existence more than anything else. He could have some value as a change of pace RB, but with AP (possibly) coming back fresh and focused, there may not be too many carries to pass around. I mean why wouldn’t the Vikings give Peterson an insane amount of carries? The only issue is the league accepting his reinstatement. Reportedly they rejected the immediate reinstatement upon news of the plea deal, but I have a feeling he’ll be back in the next few weeks. If Peterson is in fact done for the season then the Vikes backfield stays status quo. You know McKinnon’s the running back and Asiata is the value stealing bulldozer on the goalline.

Monte Ball – First round bust, and all around despicable fantasy player Monte Ball is supposedly re-joining the work force, as a handcuff. I have a feeling he’s going to suck away all of Ronnie Hillman‘s value. Well Ronnie it was good while it lasted. Thanks for the W’s kid! Oh, I don’t think he’s going to steal that many touches from Hillman. Oh no, I think he’s going to infect him with his contagious suck. Some how Knowshon Moreno avoided it last season, but his body bore the brunt of this burden and broke down. The man is a curse, if you’d like to pick him up go for it, but don’t be shocked when bad things start to happen.

Charles Sims – You know Charles you are so like that Katy Perry song from back in the day. No not Kissed a Girl you silly goose, the hot and cold one. Tee-hee…Yes I scare myself too, a lot. Back to Charles..where were you last Sunday dude? I know people that had to pickup Bobby Rainey (gasp!) because of you! Actually, to be fair, Rainey was a pretty solid flex last week. FYI Sims inactive last Sunday doesn’t effect my long term outlook. I’d still hold him in re-draft and dynasty formats, he’s going to have value very soon.

Cleveland Browns Running Backs – Stay away from this group, they’re poison. Every week someone from this three-headed evil coven has value. The infuriating part is figuring out which one. I think Mike Pettine likes to mess with fantasy owners. For example I’m watching the game as I’m writing this and Terrance West just ran for a touchdown. West was the last of the three headed monster to score a touchdown. He and Isaiah Crowell have shared most of the carries (12/12 at this point in time), and  Ben Tate has been the third wheel. My guess the third wheel gets the grease next week. It makes no sense, so it makes sense…that’s so Cleveland.

Christine Michael – He saw 4 carries last week, so he in fact does exist. He is not the football version of Sidd Finch. His value still totally hinges on Marshawn Lynch getting hurt, and even then Robert Turbin might get the lion’s share. He’s a stash for the next year, I actually plucked him from the wavier wire in a 14 team dynasty that I’m “reloading” (sucking) in.

 

Fuzzy Handcuffs 

These guys are fun, fun, fun! Not for everyday use but good to own, and a blast when they’re in the mix. We may wish for a bit more run but have to accept that they’re splitting time and getting the most of their opportunities. Most of these handsome devils could probably be studs if given the chance.

Team Starter (carries/targets/rec) Handcuff(s) (carries/targets/rec) Cuffs to the Cuffs
Indianapolis Colts Trent Richardson (7/2/2) Ahmad Bradshaw (7/5/3) Dan Herron
Cincinnati Bengals Giovani Bernard (DNP) Jeremy Hill (24/1/1) Cedric Peerman
Detroit Lions Joique Bell (BYE) Reggie Bush (BYE) Theo Riddick, George Winn
New England Patriots Shane Vereen (11/10/5) Jonas Gray (12/1/0) Brandon Bolden, James White
San Diego Chargers Ryan Matthews (DNP) Branden Oliver (13/2/1) Donald Brown, Ronnie Brown, Shaun Draughn
Denver Broncos Ronnie Hillman (10/10/7) Montee Ball (DNP) Juwan Thompson, C.J. Anderson,
Kansas City Cheifs Jamaal Charles (20/4/2) Knile Davis (3/0/0) De’Anthony Thomas, Cyrus Gray

Standard Issue Police

Whether you’re in the back of a squad car or sitting on the corner while the Po-Po search your whip, you’re going nowhere. Do you know why? Because those things are locked on your wrists with a death grip. Much like those cuffs, these running backs are firmly locked into their positions. Not for a lack of ability, but because the starters are firmly entrenched in their roles. These backs could have value on any given week but more than likely you’ll need an injury to make these guys startable.

Team Starter (carries/targets/rec) Handcuff(s) (carries/targets/rec) Cuffs to the Cuffs
Cleveland Browns No Starters Only Cuffs Ben Tate (10/4/4), Isaiah Crowell (DNP), Terrance West (15/1/1) All cuffs are cuffs to the cuffs but also the cuffs
Tampa Bay Bucs Doug Martin (DNP) Bobby Rainey (19/3/1), Charles Sims (DNP) Mike James
Carolina Panthers Jonathan Stewart (16/5/3) DeAngelo Williams (DNP) Chris Ogbonnaya, Fozzy Whitiker (Injury)
New Orleans Saints Mark Ingram (30/2/2) Khiry Robinson (DNP) OUT, Pierre Thomas (DNP) OUT Travaris Cadet (2/5/3)
Baltimore Ravens Justin Forsett (9/8/5) Lorenzo Taliaferro (7/3/3) Bernard Pierce (DNP)
Houston Texans Arian Foster (15/3/2) Alfred Blue (7/2/1) Jonathan Grimes
San Francisco 49ers Frank Gore (14/3/1) Carlos Hyde (2/2/1)
New York Jets Chris Ivory (8/0/0) Chris Johnson (11/3/2) Bilal Powell
Philadelphia Eagles LeSean McCoy (23/2/2) Darren Sproles (3/5/4) Chris Polk
St. Louis Rams Tre Mason (19/2/1) Benny Cunningham (4/3/3) Zac Stacy (DNP)
New York Giants Rashad Jennings (OUT) Andre Williams (12/1/1) Peyton Hillis (4/6/5)
Buffalo Bills Fred Jackson (DNP) Anthony Dixon (BYE), Bryce Brown (BYE) C.J. Spiller
Pittsburgh Steelers Le’Veon Bell (10/6/5) LeGarrette Blount (10/0/0) Dri Archer
Green Bay Packers Eddie Lacy (BYE) James Starks (BYE) John Kuhn, DuJuan Harris

Duct Tape Cuffs

These are of the homemade variety, you’ll use them in a pinch (i.e the starting stud goes down) but they’re always in your drawer (wavier wire) ready to step in and do their job. It may be to the bare minimum degree but they can buy you some time.

Team Starter (carries/targets/rec) Handcuff(s) (carries/targets/rec) Cuffs to the Cuffs
Jacksonville Jaguars Denard Robinson (17/2/2) Toby Gerhart (3/4/3) Storm Johnson, Jordan Todman
Minnesota Vikings Jerick McKinnon (14/4/3) Matt Asiata (10/5/4)
Atlanta Falcons Steven Jackson (BYE) Antone Smith, Davonte Freeman Jazquizz Rodgers
Washington Redskins Alfred Morris (19/3/2) Roy Helu (3/5/4) Silas Reed
Tennessee Titans Bishop Sankey (BYE) Shonn Greene (BYE) Dexter McCluster, Leon Washington
Oakland Raiders Darren McFadden (13/5/4) Maurice Jones-Drew (2/2/1) Latavius Murray, Marcel Reese, Jamize Olawale
Dallas Cowboys DeMarco Murray (19/4/4) Joseph Randle (1/0/0) Lance Dunbar (3/2/2)
Miami Dolphins Lamar Miller (11/2/1) Damien Williams (11/2/2), Daniel Thomas (9/2/2) LaMichael James
Seattle Seahawks Marshawn Lynch (21/5/5) Robert Turbin (5/2/1) Christine Michael
Chicago Bears Matt Forte (BYE) Ka’Deem Carey (BYE) Senorise Perry
Arizona Cardinals Andre Ellington (21/4/4) Stepfan Taylor (DNP) Robert Hughes (0/2/1)

 

Thanks for reading and Happy Handcuffing!

 

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  1. Zandy says:
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    sup dude
    I need some serious help with my std league
    I own
    Ingram McKinnon Mason Sims Gray
    Any guys youd rather stash out of:
    Latavius Devonta Stacy Gerheart Hyde JStew Randle Blount Bryce Riddick

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Zandy: For this season no. If this is a dynasty, I’d take Hyde or Freeman over Gray.

      • Zandy says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: cool man, thanks
        of those guys listed if you had an extra roster spot, whod u stash – assume its devonta or hyde?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Zandy: Freeman, I think he’s better, and Steven Jackson already looks dead. Frank Gore is a zombie who doesn’t get hurt and will never retire

  2. BTDRNKS says:
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    So….heres my roster… 12-team keeper (w 6 keepers this year)
    QB: Kaepernick
    RB1: Foster
    RB2: Lacy
    Flex: Miller
    WR1: Megatron
    WR2: Colston
    TE: Miller
    K:/DST who cares

    Bench: J. Gordon, K. Allen, J. Gray, A. Blue, J. Starks

    I was thinking of dropping a bench RB and grabbing a Andre Holmes or Devante Adams type guy. I am leaning toward Starks, but I just dont know. I’m not one of those guys who comfortable being caught with my pants down if you know what I mean.

    Please advise!

    Thanks!

  3. BTDRNKS says:
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    oh….I also have J. Hill

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @BTDRNKS: I’d drop Starks. You have enough options if Lacy goes down.

  4. friar says:
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    I’ve been riding the luxurious combo of Charles/L. Bell/Bernard as my two RBs and flex in a 12-team non-ppr league. The downside is that I’ve been making do with a Ryan/Palmer platoon at QB.

    A RB-hungry player has expressed interest in Bernard, and is willing to give up Brady and Forsett to get him. This feels like good value, but from a practical perspective, I’m not sure if the step down from Bernard to Forsett is worth the upgrade from my current QBs to Brady.

    At 7-2 (two games up on the next team), I’m almost certain to make the playoffs, so I’m mostly just worried about week 14-17. Should I trade Gio for Brady and Forsett, or keep rolling with Palmer/Ryan as my QBs?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @friar: I’d make the deal in a heartbeat. I’m not sure Forsett is a downgrade from Bernard. Bernard’s ceiling is higher from week to week but his floor is much lower. That’s before we even factor in Jeremy Hill. The Brady part makes this a no brainer.

  5. Barker says:
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    10 team 1/2 ppr

    Qb newton wr calvin cobb evans rb murray lacy te olsen flex p manning
    K bailey def detroit
    Bn gordon fitz reed ivory tate west

    I have move move left this week

    Drop tate or west for sims

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Barker: I think you should probably hold. If not having Sims is burning a hole in your brain go with West.

  6. Jake says:
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    Is Sanchez and tre mason for Gio bernard trade vetoable ?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Jake: If both owners want it let them do it. Seems bad but I’m not one for vetoing

  7. Dom B says:
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    I have Aaron Rodgers would you trade big Ben and delaine walker for juluis Thomas

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Dom B: Sure seems like a good deal.

  8. Brian says:
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    Trade Question: I got offered Keenan Allen for Alfred Morris and Denard Robinson in a 1.0 PPR league.

    I have La’veon Bell and Matt Forte already at RB and my current WRs are Demaryus Thomas, Alshon Jeffery, Pierre Garcon, Eric Decker, and Cordorelle Patterson.

    This trade gives me the stud WR3 I am lacking, right?

    The owner offering the trade also has TY Hilton and Josh Gordon. Should I ask for one of them instead, click the accept button, or hold? Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Brian: I’d ask for Hilton those are two starting RB’s.

  9. Steve Stevenson says:
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    0.5 PPR, need to drop a bench RB for a bye week TE. I try to keep high ceiling guys on the bench. Who’s the drop out of K. Davis, Sims and Mason?

    FWIW, my normal starters are 2 out of Hillman, Bradshaw and Forsett (though Hill’s been in the last couple weeks), with the 3rd in the Flex mix with Gates.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Steve Stevenson: I’d go Sims there.

  10. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Also, 10-tm dynasty, std scoring, which of the following would you offer Cutler for? Hyde, Sankey, Michael, Ball. I have Roethlisberger, Matt Ryan and Manziel on roster so too many QBs, other team’s facing a bye week crunch (Orton).

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Steve Stevenson: Sankey, he’s got more value know and is as good a keeper as any in that list.

  11. Dom B says:
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    Who is better kelvin Benjamin or Alshon jeffery

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Dom B: I’d still side with Jeffery

  12. Dom B says:
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    My roster should I trade Kelvin Benjamin and Big Ben for Alshon Jeffrey or is Kelvin better

    QB – Aaron Rodgers – Packers
    RB – LeSean McCoy – Eagles
    RB – Andre Ellington – Cardinals
    WR – T.Y. Hilton – Colts
    WR – Kelvin Benjamin – Panthers
    TE – Larry Donnell – Giants
    PK – Steven Hauschka – Seahawks
    DEF – Baltimore Ravens – Ravens

    Bench:
    QB – Ben Roethlisberger – Steelers
    RB – Fred Jackson – Bills
    RB – Charles Sims – Buccaneers
    WR – Odell Beckham – Giants
    WR – Michael Crabtree – 49ers
    WR – Percy Harvin – Jets
    TE – Delanie Walker – Titans

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Dom B: It’s close stick with Kelvin. Look for a TE instead.

  13. J-FOH says:
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    goos stuff, I like your take on the Browns. Do you see West as the king of the dipshits play?

    isn’t any back up of S-Jax a stash?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @J-FOH: Thanks Bud! It’s almost like Mike Pettine is a Running Back Player just toying with these guys emotions. He’s got them on a rotator. I swear to god the best guy to buy each week is the one who worked the least the week before. I think it’s worked that way for three weeks. It could be Tate next week.

      I don’t think any of S-Jax’s backups are stashes. I couldn’t tell you who gets the looks if he’s out. Is it Smith? Will Freeman emerge? Hell, depending on the game plan it could be Rodgers. They all could have value. In dynasty I’m still partial to Freeman.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: I’m still holding Freeman in some places for the ceiling. It’s not looking good, but the Falcons sucking it so bad leads me to think he is going to get some playing for next year come fantasy playoffs. I like to stash for the guys that might be relevant in the late weeks.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @J-FOH: For sure Freeman has the highest ceiling. I’m just not sold that he’s going to get a heavy enough workload to be a huge difference maker. That Falcons committee is God damn communism!! It’s one of these times that it’s not the player but the system that he’s in. I don’t see the Falcons committing to just one guy when they run. It’s unfortunate because Freeman is an immense talent.

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